World Cup: New Zealand Clinch Thriller vs Australia, Seal Quarters Berth
New Zealand held their nerves to win a low-scoring thriller by one wicket and assured themselves of a place in the quarterfinals of the World Cup
There was sound support for Australia as the two Trans-Tasmanian rivals squared off in Auckland for a much-hyped Pool A match (Images courtey AFP and Getty Images)
The Black Caps supporters got behind their team and made plenty of noise as the atmosphere turned electrfying at the Eden Park in Auckland.
Michael Clarke returned to lead Australia against the Kiwis, replacing George Bailey.
Australia got off to a rapid start but were jolted very early in their innings when Aaron Finch fell to Tim Southee.
Trent Boult started Australia's slide removing the well-set Shane Watson with the team score on 80.
David Warner's dismissal triggered a dramatic collapse and Australia failed to recover despite the presence of some power hitters down the order.
Boult was unstoppable - here he is seen celebrating the fall of Glenn Maxwell. The Kiwi pacer finished with his first ever haul of five wickets in ODIs.
Set a modest 152 to win, Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum once again walked out all guns blazing, smashing a 50 off 21 balls.
However, Mitchell Starc decided to create havoc, picking up a career-best 6/28 as the Black Caps suffered a serious scare.
It needed the calming presence of Kane Williamson to seal victory for New Zealand. With six needed, one wicket in hand and plenty of wickets to spare, Williamson hammered one over to the ropes.
McCullum, after receiving the Chappell-Hadlee trophy from Sir Richard Hadlee on Saturday.
The Black Caps pose with the Chappell-Hadlee trophy after defeating their more successful cricketing neigbours.